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Terminological Chaos: Political Islam and Islamism

Terminological Chaos: Political Islam and Islamism

Although it sounds too intellectual and theoretical to a lot of people, the way things are defined directly impacts the actions taken in their regards. News readers, for example, might miss the difference between “atrocities,” “violence,” “crimes,” and “massacre” when they read about Syria, yet based on the impression they take out of the news piece their action/inaction will be determined. If it was a civil war, then “why not let them figure it out themselves,” one reader might think; yet if it was defined as a massacre against civilians then the same reader might think of helping.

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